“#Alopecia nation stand up! Thank you #WillSmith,” Pressley’s tweet said. “Shout out to all the husbands who defend their wives living with alopecia in the face of daily ignorance & insults.” Alongside a photo of herself and her husband, Conan Harris, she added: “Women with baldies are for real men only. Boys need not apply.”
On Sunday night, Smith slapped Rock, who was presenting an award at the show, after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. “Jada, I love ya. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, prompting Smith to walk on stage and hit the comedian.
When he returned to his seat, he yelled “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth!”
Pinkett Smith revealed in 2018 that she had alopecia areata, a disease that causes hair loss. Pressley has also been open about her struggles with the disease. A number of Twitter users criticized Pressley’s tweet for what they characterized as endorsing violence. The Hill has reached out to Pressley’s office for comment.
“In the fall, when I was getting my hair retwisted, is the first time that I was made aware that I had some patches,” the Massachusetts representative said in 2020 when she revealed her condition. “From there, it accelerated very quickly.”
“I’m very early in my alopecia journey. But I’m making progress every day. And that’s why I’m doing this today,” Pressley also said at the time. “It’s about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance. It’s so interesting to me that right now on this journey, what I feel the most unlike myself is when I am wearing a wig. So I think that means I’m on my way.”